Working with local farms and closing the loop at the Caledonia Spirits distillery in Hardwick, Vt.

Tyler Buswell of the Caledonia Spirits production team, loads up a dump trailer with spent grains from our whiskey distillation and spent juniper berries from our gin distillation. This compost is transported to Black Dirt Farm in Standard, VT where it will be fed to chickens. Interesting fact, the chickens love juniper berries! What the chickens don’t eat will get composted.

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Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s Signature Mountain

Our beloved Camel’s Hump, 4th highest elevation in Vermont.  This picture shows the view from Charlotte, Vermont, looking east.

Live From the Hive: October 2014

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“Asters” by Annie Watson, Thistle Hill Studio

On a recent sunny afternoon walk, I spotted fall-blooming aster flowers alive with pollinators such as wasps, solitary bees, butterflies, and honey bees, all loading up on pollen and nectar.

Aster flowers come in many colors and sizes, from the rich violet-colored New England Aster to the not-so-showy Bushy Aster, a 1 to 3-foot tall leafy plant that can be covered with small white flowers with yellow centers. While not spectacular to look … Continue reading

September Newsletter 2014

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Barr Hill looking southwest, July 29, 2014.  Camel’s Hump is seen on the horizon, just to the left of center.  photo by Jan Cannon, www.jancannonphotography.com

In Vermont we live and farm in the valleys and hills between the mountains and higher hills.  We treasure and collect those high places that can be ascended in an hour or so, where you can go for part of the afternoon with … Continue reading